Janelle Monáe has announced the release of her new album ‘Dirty Computer’, dropping April 27th. To warm everyone’s taste buds, the superstar has not only released one video but rather two simultaneously.
The first, ‘Make Me Feel’, is directed by Alan Ferguson and features Monáe playing a number of character roles in a setting that references punk, new wave and more.
The second video, the Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning-directed ‘Django Jane’, finds Janelle Monáe rapping whilst stylishly dressed with a mini army of biker jacket clad dancers.
Post-punk, synth-wave, industrial, techno – Barcelona’s SDH (Semiotics Department of Heteronym) are some of the best to craft the sound bursting from Spain. Comprised of Andrea P. Latorre and Sergi Algiz, label owners of Cønjuntø Vacíø and members of the cutting edge band Wind Atlas, their SDH project is the ultimate rush of haunting, heavy electronica layered with a synth-pop spreading, creating the ultimate balance between light and dark. Questioning the idea of fiction, SDH’s sound is a continuing ride through illusory and realism. With their new EP ‘Tell Them’ out March 9th on Avant! Records, Semiotics Department of Heteronym are true heroes of electronic and post-punk alchemy.
Swedish sensation Ängie steps up with the video for her smoking hot single ‘Dope’. Directed by Ängie herself, as well as Christofer Nilsson, the stylishly shot visuals depict the Stockholm-based bombshell in a low-lit, hedonistic environment performing the song and of course doing what she loves best…smoking weed. The track is taken from her debut LP ‘Suicidal Since 1995’, out April 6th via Universal. Have a look.
Photo by Michelle Pitris Brisbane’s Mallrat is gearing up for the release of a second EP, landing sometime this year. The news also coincides with the her latest single ‘UFO’ that she has recently unveiled. The slow bumping and head-nodding cut enters more Hip-Hop and trap territory with a guest appearance by Australian rapper Allday. The song also reflects the further maturing of Mallrat as an artist, continuing to carve out her own lane. You can stream ‘UFO’ down below. Read more […]
A solid cast of grime and rap talent joins with rappers, MC’s, and DJs flying the flag. North-West London’s AJ Tracey brings pure heat to the Outlook stage, with stalwart and ex Roll Deep member Killa P. Camden mic-murkers YGG are set to slay at Outlook ‘18 too. Deep MC’s are a plenty – Lady Leshurr, Jaykae and Kamakaze rep for the Midlands with raw and rugged bars, and MCR Darkside Crew member, President T, all join. Rinse FM’s Grandmixxer journeys through his record collection – expect stone cold grime classics and more, whilst Trends & Boylan showcase dark, icy instrumentals. UK rap has risen to the top this year, with the likes of MIST putting the scene, and his hometown of Birmingham back on the map after a Mobo win and more. Melanin 9 and Ocean Wisdom are part of the next wave of rappers putting a distinct take on UK hip-hop, Outlook welcomes them along with mainstay acts like Devilman. Alternative beats come from the wondrous, soulful Fatima, hip-hop explorer Open Mike Eagle, Israeli MC Miss Red, and Goth-trad. Boundary defying breakouts to check are Ryan De La Cruz, Ezra Collective and Layfullstop, who fuse jazz and hip-hop influences. Stone’s Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf, BBZ member Shy One and eclectic selector Eva Lazarus lay down selections across the week.
South London has been bubbling with young artists delving into the sounds of jazz and soul with a Hip-Hop sensibility. Oscar Jerome is among those that have been delivering impressive recordings for the past year and a half. Dropping his self-titled EP back in 2016, Jerome’s latest single ‘Smile on a Screen’ featuring James Massiah is a silky selection bursting with radiance. The track is reminiscent of the golden period of acid jazz, early 90s Hip-Hop and the 70s jazz fusion era all rolled up into one well presented package that is fitting for the now.
At this point you can say that Jay-Z isn’t releasing music videos anymore, rather short films. Having consistently dropped videos to various tracks on his album ‘4:44’ that have taken the visual game to high levels, Jay-Z now unveils his latest treatment to his song ‘Family Feud’ which features his wife Beyoncé. What starts off as an all-star cast of actors depicting the betrayal of a family legacy, transitions into Jay, Beyoncé and their daughter Blu Ivy in a cathedral as Hov gives his confession on rappers, the importance of family togetherness and of course, his success. ‘Family Feud’ is directed by Ava DuVernay.
North Carolina beatsmith HANZ is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming album ‘Plasty I’. Out January 19th via Tri Angle Records, he has shared his new track titled ‘King Speed’, which will be featured on the upcoming record. Treading between glitch-driven electronica and haunting Hip-Hop, HANZ is firmly gliding across surreal soundscapes. Have a listen.
Toronto-based producer Kayobe has shared his hypnotic track ‘Sun Don’t Shine’ featuring the vocals of Olive B. According to Kayobe, the song was written on a rainy day. Whilst that may be the case, the fusion of ethereal ambience and ear-grabbing Hip-Hop undertones are as soothing as the warmth of the sun’s rays on a brisk morning. With Olive B. providing a high dose of sultry shimmer, there is everything to love about this single. Have a listen. Read more […]
Continuing to push musical boundaries, Edinburgh-based band Young Fathers have shared the video to their powerful single ‘Lord’. Directed by Rianne White, striking clips of Alloysious Massaquoi riding a horse in the ocean along with the singer splashing in the water resemble a cleansing of sorts. The track finds the trio continuing to fine tune their unorthodox electronic meets Hip-Hop sound whilst still incorporating gospel-like melodies. ‘Lord’ is out now via Ninja Tune. Have a look; Read more […]